As Good Ol’ JR would say during WWF action back in the 90s, “BUSINESS IS ABOUT TO PICK UP!” Nike has filed documents with the Circuit Court in Oregon announcing their intention to sue former designers Marc Dolce, Mark Miner, and former senior design director Denis Dekovic, in a case which if accurate comes across as commercial espionage.
Earlier this year the boot world was caught off guard when Dekovic (the man who created the Superfly IV and Magista Obra) announced he was leaving the Swoosh and would be shacking up with “die marke mit den 3 streifen“.
Nike is seeking damages of $10million from the former designers and are even asserting that Adidas have promised to cover any legal fees the three will incur. The case presented in the legal brief is that Dekovic, et al. copied design documents for upcoming footwear, covered their tracks by erasing incriminating emails and texts from their work provided phones and computers, and violated their non-compete clause by contacting Adidas within a year of ending their employment with Nike to set up the Brooklyn Creative Design Studio, an apparent knock-off of Nike’s own creative design studio known as ‘The Kitchen’. As in any event like this it is important to note that none of the facts have been proven in a court of law. But this is something that the boot world is going to definitely want to stay tuned to!
Does Nike have a case? Is this just a sloppy divorce gone bad? We’ll have to stay tuned for the facts to come to light.
There is however one thing I do know, when it’s a case of jilted lovers, there’s only one judge who should get the case!
Yep! Judge Mathis!